The purpose of the MARC/IMSD program is to achieve greater participation of students from underrepresented groups in the biomedical research enterprise of this country.  For the purpose of the MARC/IMSD program, underrepresented groups include those reported by the National Science Foundation as well as the National Academies to be nationally underrepresented in biomedical sciences (i.e. African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, natives of U.S. Pacific Islands and people with disabilities).  Applicants may include and identify as any other categories that institutional policies have determined to be underrepresented in biomedical research fields with a strong rationale, appropriate references, and official validated documentation.  This program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue a career in biomedical research.


Undergraduate research internships are competitively awarded to upperclassmen for the academic year and the summer. Students must apply in conjunction with a faculty mentor and include a project proposal.

All junior and senior MU students and transfer students who are majoring in a life science discipline or plan to eventually pursue a PhD and are from ethnic or racial groups that are “underrepresented” in the sciences are eligible to apply. Students must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents of the US.


Students receive $3200 for the academic year and $4000 for the summer.


The application deadline has passed for the 2020-21 IMSD Fellows. Applications and letters of recommendation for the next academic year will be due in March of the current academic year.


For more information please visit the MU IMSD website. For specific questions, contact Brian Booton, 150N Bond Life Sciences Center, 573-882-4725,